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May 1, 2012 4:00pm EDT
relations between the two countries. he will then make a televised speech to the united states, indeed to the entire world, in three and a half hours from now at 7:30 p.m. eastern time here in the united states. let's go straight to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. for this president, this is a huge deal. set the scene. >> reporter: this is a big deal, wolf. a trip by the president of the united states to a war zone like afghanistan is extraordinary and this is only the third time that president obama has made this trip. it's been over a year. the last time he was there was in december 2010 and furthermore, at the presidential palace which is where he is right now for brief remarks with president hamid karzai and to sign the strategic partnership agreement with afghanistan to talk about the u.s. relationship with afghanistan beyond 2014. that's extraordinary. the last time the president was in afghanistan in december of 2010 he could not make that trip from bagram air force base which is about 30 miles or so north of kabul to the palace because of weather concerns, and cer
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May 1, 2012 3:00pm EDT
president has landed safely in afghanistan, he flu there year night from the the united states. obviously he is there on the one year anniversary of the raid across the border in pakistan that led to the death of osama bin laden. we also know the president will address the nation tonight in the 7:00 hour, 7:30 p.m., he will address the nation from afghanistan. and we know while there he is scheduled to meet with the afghan president, hamid karzai and the two ledder leaders ared to sign a extstrategic agreemen between the two countries. this would create an alliance between the two countries essentially saying about this the years going forward when the u.s. combat troops are out of afghanistan, there would still be training and cooperation between the two countries. that has been morimportant to t united states to have a footprint in afghanistan going forward and as the country marks one year since the death of osama bin laden, there are still big questions about the security situation in afghanistan. you were talking about occasional problems with the taliban. and this is separate from t
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May 21, 2012 4:00pm EDT
hamid karzai sits down for his only interview with me while in the united states. we talk about his personal relationship with president obama and even his personal relationship with mitt romney. stand by for that as well. >>> and the man sometimes nicknamed america's supermayor, has made a super gaffe. >>> i'm wolf blitzer in chicago. you're in the situation room. >>> but first, through my exclusive far reaching interview, i just completed only a few minutes ago with the afghan president hamid karzai, it's his only interview while here in the united states. we sat down only moments ago, and he spoke of president obama just minutes before the interview. the three leaders are here for a meeting in chicago. listen to this. >> no, we didn't have a three-way meeting, we had a three-way photograph taking. >> just a photo opportunity? >> why not a meeting? why not have a three-way meeting and discuss the most important issues facing afghanistan, pakistan and the united states. >> it wasn't for us to decide on the three-way meeting. the united states was the host and perhaps they saw it fi
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May 30, 2012 3:00pm EDT
states. the united states is calling again for air strikes in syria to protect these innocent civilians. why is the president not joining them? >> well, again, to conduct military operations you've got to have allies and support in the region surrounding. syria is vournded by friends of the united states, turkey, israel, jordan, iraq. at some point in time, again going back to libya, we had bases in the mediterranean from which we could conduct air campaign close air support that establish a no-fly zone. in order to be able to do that in this context, you need to have access to bases. one of these countries is going to have to pony up the bases. again, that takes the kind of coordination and building of a consensus to get where we need to go where decisive action becomes more possible. >> you hear these leaders saying there is no plan b when we talk about syria. thank you. let me get to this here. >> do we have a verdict? >> it doesn't seem like we have a verdict. there's been a swirl behind the scenes, if you will. there was a earlier note that came right before lunch hour br
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May 26, 2012 6:00pm EDT
successful, i think, meetings with the president of the united states. but a lot of americans as you know, and you look at american public opinion polls, they're concerned that they want the u.s. out of afghanistan, about 70% say it's time for the u.s. to come home, the u.s. is spending to keep 90,000 troops, $2 billion a week in afghanistan, $100 billion a year. why is this money well spent? >> we have already agreed on a process of transition to afghan authority whereby afghanistan will be looking after itself and after its security and the defense of the country almost entirely by 2014, and that's also the time that the american forces and other forces will withdraw from afghanistan. that transition and the eventual withdrawal in 2014 of the u.s. forces and other nato forces from afghanistan is good for afghanistan and good for our allied countries. today we discussed that. we have finalized plans. so 2014 will be a year in which the united states will not be spending as much money in afghanistan as it is spending today. it will save money and we will be providing security ourselves. >
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May 12, 2012 6:00pm EDT
viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> the historic headline from the white house this week, the president of the united states endorses same-sex marriage. but the story behind the headlines may be just as dramatic and it culminated with vice president joe biden apologizing to president obama for forcing his hand on this hot button issue, a sore subject among some white house insiders. our chief whereas correspondent jessica yellen has been working the story for us. tell our viewers what you are hearing right now. >> i understand the vice president apologized to the president for putting him in a tough position on this situation and the president gave an understanding reply saying he knows that the vice president was speaking from the heart. the vice president's office also issued a statement saying it was the president who has been the leader on this issue since day one and the vice president never intended to distract from that. president obama says he was planning to say this sometime before the democratic convent
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May 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
perhaps be on their way home, bagram being a hub or many troops returning back to the united states and i think keen to try to suggest as he said a year ago the tide of war is still receding, choosing this anniversary, the death of bin laden, the man for americans the reason why they came to afghanistan, choosing the anniversary of his death to take this narrative an extra stage forwards and explaining exactly how america will tie up the loose ends of the decades-long war and how his presence will look like in the years ahead. >> nick what is the strategic partnership agreement? it doesn't talk about funding. those say this is more about, this isn't really, some saying kind of sets out the logistics of what's going to happen over the next ten years, after 2014. >> it's very strong on symbolism, not heavy on substance. it's important for america that it was signed, that it happened because for months there were outstanding issues that made it look like it may never come to fruition. it's important it was signed ahead of this vital summit in chicago in may, where nato allies have to put f
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May 2, 2012 4:00am EDT
flurry of activity the last couple of days between china and the united states of how to resolve this so it did not flare up during the critical meetings that secretary clinton would be having in beijing. now we learned that chen has left the embassy voluntarily, is getting medical treatment here in beijing, and has been reunited with his family. andrew? >> stan, does the mere fact that xinhua is publicly reporting this, telling the chinese people what's been happening, does that suggest that chen himself could be out of danger from any sort of backlash from chinese authorities on his escape from the house arrest and that decision to go to the u.s. embassy? >> reporter: we're getting into areas of conjecture here, but you can read something from this statement. while there's been an information blackout on the chinese side, it hasn't been carried on state media, social media has been blocked. search terms connected with chen guangcheng have been blocked on the internet. while that's been happening, we've been reporting it freely on international media. as you're aware, often when
CNN
May 14, 2012 11:00pm EDT
united states, though, right? the united states would accept a little bit more, right? >> i don't think that's the united states' position. i think it's confined enrichment to 5%, limited to the medical isotopes. move anything above 5% out of the country or secure it, have full transparency and 24/7/365 day a year access for the iaea to all these sites. and then be willing to also talk about other things, which is what the iranians have wanted to do. i am hopeful. in my view it's the best chance of a solution. of course this is the p-5 plus one, so it's a unique bargaining agent, you might say. >> when you talk about access, i want to ask you about israel in a second, israel issue, but access. i have this picture which i know looks a little strange. the associated press obtained this from a government that is skeptical of iran's honesty in its nuclear program and they say this is a chamber used for testing explosives of nuclear weapons. we did make some calls and experts did say indeed this could be consistent with that but we haven't independently verified the source government. appare
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May 7, 2012 4:00am EDT
now? >> look, i am vice president of the united states of america. the president sets the policy. i am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual -- men and women marrying all are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties and, quite frankly, i don't see much of a distinction beyond that. >> those words sparked a quick response, not from republicans, but from the president's own campaign. what the vp said, that all married couples should have the same legal rights is precisely potus' position. that's exactly what david axelrod tweeted, so the vice president gets out in front of his boss on an issue that on the ballot tuesday in north carolina, a presidential battleground state. a biden gaffe or is it a trial balloon? the answer depends on who you ask, and we'll get much more into this debate coming up in moments right here on cnn. meantime, there's a major shift in the halls of power for a key u.s. ally. france's new president is a socialist. francois hollande beat conservative incumbent nic
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May 3, 2012 4:00pm EDT
: ambassador gary locke is the man in the hot seat, to answer a crucial question did the united states fail chen guangcheng? >> we took extraordinary steps to retrieve him. we found out that he had escaped and was in beijing and wanted to talk to us. we undertook almost like a mission impossible retrieval to pull him into the embassy. >> reporter: according to chen himself, that mission impossible is looking more like mission failure. chen, a blind activist who fled what he called brutal house arrest to take refuge in the u.s. embassy more than a week ago tells cnn he wishes he never left the dip the maic compound. in an interview yesterday he accused embassy officials of encouraging him to go and then deserting him at a beijing hospital. the embassy kept lobbying me to leave, he said. they promised to be with me at the hospital, but this afternoon, soon after we got here they were all gone. locke maintains that embassy officials have been back to the hospital several times to see chen. >> when we spoke to chen guangcheng he made it very clear he changed his mind and wishes he never left th
CNN
May 7, 2012 7:00pm EDT
united states. a u.s. counterterrorism official tells cnn the explosive device is similar to the one used by the would-be underwear bomber. you may recall that on christmas day 2009. just like that bomb, this one did not contain metal, which raises real questions about whether it could have gotten past airport security. as of yet, the person who had developed that bomb had not yet bought a ticket. here's defense secretary, leon panetta. >> what this incident makes clear is that this country has to continue to remain vigilant against those that would seek to attack this country and we will do everything necessary to keep america safe. >> fran townsend is cnn's national security contributor, a member of both the dhs and cia external advisory boards. chad sweet is a former dhs and cia official, also the cofounder of the chertoff group, a global security firm. good to see both of you. fran, i know you've been reporting on this throughout the day. we're hearing now that there could have been this bomb and other bombs, perhaps. how close of a call was this? >> you know, the official i spok
CNN
May 1, 2012 7:00pm EDT
just signed with afghanistan's president outlining the relationship between the united states and afghanistan after the withdrawal of u.s. forces at the end of 2014. white house officials tell us the timing was driven by the negotiations over that agreement at an upcoming nato summit. critics will say it is about politics. everyone knows today is the anniversary of the raid in pakistan that killed osama bin laden. on the ground, do people there -- are they aware that president obama is on the ground? >> reporter: late in the afternoon the sun went down there was a report on afghan media suggesting that he was already in kabul. since then we have seen absolute silence across the city occasionally by helicopters and that is presumably some part of the president in and out of the capital. the speech we are about to hear in the next half hour i think will be cap suilated. there are two bits of the speech which stand out to me suggesting new white house thinking which is further suggesting that afghanistan will take leads next year. and another issue of contention, too, in which he sug
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May 2, 2012 1:00am EDT
united states laying out his vision for ending america's longest war. saying afghanistan is where the war began and where it will end. here's a portion of his address. >> today i signed a historic agreement between the united states and afghanistan that defines a new kind of relationship between our countries. a future in which afghans are responsible for the security of their nation and we build an equal partnership between two sovereign states. a future in which war ends and new chapter begins. ten years ago, the united states and our allies went to war to make sure that al qaeda could never again use this country to launch attacks against us. despite initial success, for a number of reasons, this war has taken longer than most anticipated. over the last three years, the tide has turned. we broke the taliban's momentum. we built strong afghan security forces. we devastated al qaeda's leadership, taking out over 20 of their leaders. one year ago, from the base here in afghanistan, our troops launched the on race that killed osama bin laden. the goal that i set to defeat al qaeda
CNN
May 20, 2012 4:00pm EDT
of demonstrators. so what exactly is at stake for the president of the united states politically? dave, i've downloaded a virus. yeah. ♪ dave, where are we on the new laptop? it's so slow! i'm calling dave. [ telephone rings ] [ male announcer ] in a small business, technology is all you. that's why you've got us. at the staples pc savings event, for a limited time get up to $200 off select computers. staples. that was easy. for a limited time get up to $200 off select computers. every communications provider is different but centurylink is committed to being a different kind of communications company. ♪ we link people and fortune 500 companies nationwide and around the world. and we will continue to free you to do more and focus on what matters. recently, students from 31 countries took part in a science test. the top academic performers surprised some people. so did the country that came in 17th place. let's raise the bar and elevate our academic standards. let's do what's best for our students-by investing in our teachers. let's solve this. i tell you what i can spend.
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May 9, 2012 3:00pm EDT
of the united states obviously in a dramatic fashion in this interview wanted to clarify once and for all that his position has evolved. he supports same-sex marriage and he's making that clear right now. >> we now have the video. let's just roll it. >> i have been going through an evolution on this issue. i have always been adamant that gay and lesbian americans should be treated fairly and equally. and that's why in addition to everything we've done in this administration, rolling back don't ask don't tell so that outstaptding americans can defend our country. i've stood on the side of is broader equality for the lgbt community. and i hesitated on gay marriage in part because i thought civil unions would be sufficient, that that was something that would give people hospital visitation rights and other elements that we take for granted. and i was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, you know, the word marriage was something that evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth. but i have to tell you that over the course of several years, as i talk to friend
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May 7, 2012 4:00pm EDT
president in two decades, we're looking at what it means for the united states. i'm wolf blitzer, you're still in "the situation room." the vice president joe biden said over the weekend he's fine with gay marriage and arnie duncan says he believes gay and lesbians should be allowed to marry. putting him at odds with the president of the united states. jessica yellin is working the story for us. jessica, causing quite an uproar there, what's going on? >> reporter: this is clearly an unwelcome topic for a white house that pronounces to make all decisions based on principle not on politics. it certainly looks as if the vice president supports gay marriage. >> who do you love? the president sets the policy. i am absolutely comfortable that the fact that men marrying wo i and women marrying women, are entitled to all the civil rights and the civil liberties. >> reporter: but the president is vague. >> my feelings about this are constantly evolving. i struggle with this. >> reporter: this is a flash point election. to argue biden's comments weren't new. >> i think they were entirely c
CNN
May 8, 2012 5:00am EDT
aircraft bound for the united states using material called petn, white powdery substances, a detonator. very difficult to detect by conventional x-ray machines. so they are looking -- the fbi has the device, they say. they are looking at all of it trying to do the technical, the forensic analysis on it. very tantalizing detail. the person who would have used the bomb no longer a threat. nobody in the government is saying whether that person is dead or in custody. ashleigh? >> we went through this last week. we went through the anniversary. we heard from the government there was no credible threat and now we're hearing all of this. what do we know about this guy? dead, alive, in custody? >> as i said, we don't know if whether he's dead or in custody, but he would have perhaps just been the front man for all of this. the real person they are looking for is a man named ibrahim al asiri, part of al qaeda in the, a rabbian peninsula in yemen. a very key if not senior operative for al qaeda there and a master bombmaker by all accounts. said to really be the brains behind these prev
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Apr 30, 2012 11:00pm EDT
britain to the united states. that was in 2006. and has gone on to plot other attacks, including new york. his accounts of his behind-the-scenes control and efforts to put those attacks through. and one of the most staggering things in that was the fact that one of those plots that failed in london only failed because of one tiny missed telephone call. but it shows al qaeda's skill and its dedication and it also shows that it's beginning to lose some of its core players, erin. >> and you talk about rasheed ralph, obviously, he was killed in a drone attack. how much did that set al qaeda back? and do you get a sense from this of whether key players have been eliminated by some of the successful attacks in pakistan and in afghanistan and in yemen? >> absolutely. rasheed ralph according to u.s. counterterrorism officials was at the top of his game, and that he's been missed by al qaeda already. in fact, one of the reasons that najibullah zazi was picked up in new york for an attack he planned there, just days before he was going to pull that attack off, was because rasheed ralph had been kil
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May 3, 2012 6:00pm EDT
united states with the family. he left the safe haven of the u.s. embassy on monday but says officials misled him. he had a congressional hearing and described the conditions at his home. >> translator: i really am afraid for my other family members' life. they have installed seven video cameras. even with the electric fence. >> among those watching closely, president obama's campaign opponent, mitt romney. >> the reports are, if they are accurate, that our administration, willingly or unwittingly, communicated would chen an implicit threat to his family and probably or may have sped up the process of his decision to leave the embassy. if these reports are true, this is a dark day for freedom. it is a day of shame for the obama administration. >> stan grant joins us from beijing. your team spoke again to chen today. this is very confusing, some conflicting accounts here. what's the latest from his perspective? >> he is bottom line, he doesn't trust the chinese government. he doesn't see he has a future here. he still maintains his family's lives have been threatened and he wants to get
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May 4, 2012 11:00pm EDT
this great nation, and all nations. >> did the united states make it worse for the other dissidents? even if there's a solution to the chase of chen. we'll find out now. robert menendez, stan grant who you saw in the video, he shot there, he's been covering the story from the beginning, spoken to all the players. they're both outfront know. stan, i know over the past 48 hours, you have barely slept. as you have been talking to all the players. you have been intimidated yourself. how intense is the environment in beijing? even if we get a resolution in the case of chen that there could be a broader crackdown on dissidents? >> erin, extraordinarily tense, it's been way that way for the year. this is a leadership transition year in china. they wanted to orchestrate this with no problems. frankly it's blown up in their face. not just with this case but other cases as well. just overnight more than 20 journalists were called in and given this warning. if you continue to go to the hospital where chen is being held, you will have your visas revoke and have to leave the country. we know tha
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May 5, 2012 2:00pm EDT
austerity in the united states down the road. >> they can't even decide on $6 billion for student loan subsidies. $6 billion for student loan subsidy lows washington if to a complete uproar and just the shear size of all of the problems to come, it's a little scary. >> i'm with you on this. ken, you made the point when you talked about debt and christine said do you mean consumer debt or government debt and you said consumer debt. this may be the big problem that needs to be solved. it also may be a problem that we can start taking into our own hands between government doesn't help us solve it. we'll talk about that when we come back. this is truly a nation of haves and have knots. and we'll look at the growing debt divide. how much debt is good for you and the economy? is debt the great in-equalizer in this country? and of course later on, i know you want to talk about facebook. it prepares to go public. we'll tell you what you need to know and if you can and should buy stock in facebook. so, by combining your auto and renters insurance, we can save you $600. $600? wow, you're like a
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May 5, 2012 1:00pm EDT
of the united states. >> oh, wow. wow. it sounds like you all are already fired up and ready to go. this is amazing. it is truly amazing. you know what, being here with all of you today, let me tell you, i'm feeling pretty fired up and ready to go myself. i really am. but there is a reason why we're here today. we love you, too. it's not just because we support one extraordinary man -- although, i'll admit i'm a little biased, because i think our president is awesome. and it's not just because we want to win an election. we are here -- we're here because of the values we believe in. we're here because of the vision for this country that we all share. we're because we want all our children to have a good education, right? schools that push them and inspire them, prepare them for good jobs. we want our parents and our grandparents to retire with dignity, because we believe that after a lifetime of hard work, they should enjoy their golden years. we want to restore that basic middle class security for our families because we believe that folks shouldn't go bankrupt because they get si
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May 30, 2012 5:00am EDT
obama was born in the united states, and you're not looking at the facts. this is what we're talking about. newt gingrich, former house speaker who was romney's rival, came out last night. he spoke to cameras and said this is not a distraction for republicans. take a look at what gingrich said. >> i think donald trump said what he said because he thinks it's the right thing for him to say? >> do you think it's racist? >> no. i think that obama creates very powerful emotions about him, largely because of the radicalism of his views. >> you know, i was looking at the full report, ashleigh, from the fund-raiser, and donald trump did not mention the birther issue at all. he attacked dopresident obama f a lot of other things, but the issue of the birth certificate did not come up at that closed fund-raiser last night. >> it's interesting that on his plane mitt romney disavowed the issues and said, i believe obama was born in this country, and it's not an issue for me. last night something else happened, and it looked like he started to wave into this issue and not disavow it entirely. can
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May 20, 2012 2:30pm EDT
images of the president of the united states along with the nato secretary general, welcoming in many of those leaders, all there in chicago for this nato summit. thanks so much, elise. >>> all right, right now, italy is serving the damage after a strong earthquake shook parts of the country earlier this morning. the u.s. geological survey says the epicenter of the 6.0 quake was just north of bologna. workers are still digging through the rubble, looking for survivors. at least seven people are dead and 50 injured. >>> a chinese activist is enjoying some rest and relaxation with family in new york today, but his journey here was a long and difficult diplomatic process. we'll talk to one of the people who made it possible. ♪ why do you whisper, green grass? ♪ [ all ] shh! ♪ why tell the trees what ain't so? ♪ [ male announcer ] dow solutions use vibration reduction technology to help reduce track noise so trains move quieter through urban areas all over the world. together, the elements of science and the human element can solve anything. [ all ] shh! [ male announcer ] so
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May 6, 2012 3:00pm EDT
the united states, christine romans, host of "your bottom line" and christie freeland, editor for thomsons reuters digital. today they fired french president nicolas sarkozy. he will be replaced by socialist francois hollande. sarkozy becomes the highest profile european leader ousted during the region's economic crisis. cnn's senior european correspondent jim bittermann joins us live from paris. jim? >> reporter: you know how they say you should have been here a day ago. you should have been here an hour and 15 minutes ago. this place was packed with sar k cozy supporters thinking he had a chance to win and he didn't win. he conceded defeat almost immediately when the numbers came from the television networks across the country, the exit polls. here is a little bit of the concession speech he gave to the followers here. >> translator: trance hfrance h republic, a new president, this is a choice. francois hollande is the president of france and must be respected. >> reporter: and while the crowd here is thinning out, one of the things that sarkozy said was that he was going to rem
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May 14, 2012 8:00pm EDT
international involvement. there are many people in the united states who tire of this and say you're throwing weapons into a powder keg into a dangerous situation. we don't know fully. there may be jihadist elements amongst the rebels. what do you say? >> it's actually a great share of the blame is born by the international community which did not come to the rescue. when the cavalry did not come in, when the cavalry of the good guys of nato, cavalry of the united nations didn't come, well then people have to fend for themselves. that's it. >> we're going to have a lot more with ivan and professor ajami throughout this hour. the violence continues in syria. many are asking where is the international community? where is the united states? we'll talk to senator john mccain in a moment. he's saying where is president barack obama. as syria deadly lies continues. on my journey across america, i found new ways to tell people about saving money. this is bobby. say hello bobby. hello bobby. do you know you could save hundreds on car insurance over the phone, online or at your local geico of
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May 2, 2012 9:00am EDT
demanning apology from united states. we did manage to get this photo of chen a few hours ago. that means he was indeed holdup in the u.s. embassy and u.s. officials brought him here to the hospital. u.s. officials telling us that chen will get medical treatment and later reunite with his family to a safe environment. he fled his home in april where he was under house arrest for more than 18 months. he does say today he wants to stay in china. stan grant has followed this story from the beginning and is on the phone from beijing. stan, first of all, tell us about this phone call that chen had with hillary clinton because i understand at the end of it he said he wanted to kiss the secretary of state. >> reporter: you're absolutely right. it's one of the great human moments in what has been a very dramatic story. according to the u.s. officials who were involved in these backroom negotiations to try to allow chen to leave the embassy as a free man, they said they grew close to him. it was a real human relationship. they described him as being affectionate and constantly touching their arms
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May 6, 2012 7:00pm EDT
lost his job as a result of the economy. the unemployment rate in the united states is around 8% and in france, it is 10%. they have to find a way to get the euro zone out of this mountain of debt. the difference between sarkozy and hollande is that sarkozy and the german chancellor came to a consensus to cut spending. but hoeland says we need a growth plan. and that sounds good but you have to find money somewhere. what are you going to do? raise taxes? get money from the central bank? all of those are details that need to be hammered out. and uncertainty is an issue for markets including the u.s. markets, don. >> and the interesting thing. the americans want to know what about me? so it will affect the u.s. markets. but obviously when people went to the polls to vote in france they weren't thinking about the world economy or the european economy or the euro zone. they wanted their own country with those measures they don't like. that's what they went to vote on. >> look, you know what strikes me is i live in the u.s. and reporting on the french election and when i asked ordinary fr
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May 7, 2012 11:00pm EDT
itself was never a threat to the united states. that says one of two things. either this was in an early stage or it was made inert. when i say inert, i mean they added a substance to it so that it would have never actually detonated and exploded. we don't know which it is. it was made clear to me this was never a direct threat to me to the united states. >> and there are reports now saying there are more bombs unaccounted for. do we have any sense what that might mean? >> well, remember the president -- they were asked why this plot was disrupted. the president also directed agencies to take measures to stop similar bombs. we didn't understand it. well, as the official made clear to me, look, we know that al qaeda typically launches multiple simultaneous attacks. we had identified the bomb we believed was targeted to the united states. but you don't know what you don't know. there could have been others. >> and chad, what is your take on whether this would have evaded airport security. it was either all the way there and made inert, or not all the way there. but obviously al qaeda
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May 30, 2012 8:00pm EDT
countries, because there its enormous hostility to the idea of the united states unilaterally getting involved in another muslim country, particularly if there is some kind of military or covert angle to this. >> part of the pressure has to be putting part of the strategy has to be putting pressure on russia, and the deputy national security advisor said this, we don't believe it's in russia's interest to be associated with the assad regime. what was he trying to say? what did he mean? >> i think they are hoping the obama administration is hoping the russians will see the assad regime is doomed, that it makes sense for them to begin repositioning themselves where they oppose the assad regime. there is no question russia will not cooperate in this venture. all russia will do is dragged along kicking and screaming, if it believes this transition will happen anyway. so the hope here is to create a kind of dynamic in which the russians realize all right, since this is going to happen, in a year or so, or maybe sooner, we might as well stop being the principle obstacle to a post-assad syri
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May 13, 2012 1:00pm EDT
of stimulus spending, and i think these worries are shared by many in the united states as well. let's get started. >>> it's been a big week in europe, and i have some distinguished experts to make sense of it all. peter mandleson is in london. he has not only held top cabinet positions under the labor governments of tony blair and gordon brown. he has also served as a member of the european commission. joseph joffrey joins us from hamburg. he is the editor of "the german weekly." elaine also joins us. she happens to be in new york, but she is the paris correspondent for the "new york times", a beat she has covered for more than a decade. and david frum rounds things out from d.c. he is a regular on the show and a former speechwriter for george w. bush. welcome all. elaine, let me start with you. you know francois hollande. you have interviewed him. is he a radical? is he a moderate? how does he strike you? >> francois hollande is mr. normal. he got elected president of france because he promised to be a normal candidate and a normal president. when i was traveling with him in 2
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May 3, 2012 11:00am EDT
cleric accused on some of the attacks of the united states. talks about al awlaki to take over leadership there. bin laden says i hear what you are saying, but where i come from, we like to see people tested on the battle field first. he hadn't been to the battle field. you can see the jealousies emerging. >> you talk about paranoia. it is fascinating when you read through the documents. did you find anything in there that showed that bin laden knew al qaeda was getting weaker and the u.s. was stronger? he always came off in the recordings and statements like he was unbeatable. it looks like he realized he could be beat. >> reporter: this absolutely emerges. one of the things you think about al qaeda and they seem to be able to do what they want to be able to do. bin laden is a son of a billionaire. saudi businessman billionaire. we see him directing one of the operatives to travel from pakistan and afghanistan region halfway around the world to try to raise $200,000. that is something we weren't aware of. this sort of idea that the united states not only doing better than him
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May 30, 2012 1:00pm EDT
united states. i want to show part of an interview with wolf blitzer. >> donald, have you seen the actual newspaper announcements within days of his birth in honolulu? for example the honolulu star bulletin, you see the birth announcement -- >> yes, and many people did that -- >> listen to me, donald. >> excuse me, wolf. >> can i ask -- >> am i allowed to talk. will you stop defending snoobam. >> you're beginning to sound a little ridiculous. >> i think you are, wolf. i think you sound ridiculous. >> wolf blitz ser joining us from washington. wolf, this is getting a lot of play and attention here. i want to talk about this because i know we as journalists, we grapple with the choices of who we cover, whether certain people get a platform to air their views, other folks we ignore. considering trump's birther comments, he's known to be a publicity seeker, walk us through why you thought it was important to get him on the record. >> i thought it was important because yesterday was not an ordinary day in the history of the campaign. it was the day mitt romney would go over the top formally af
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May 24, 2012 4:00pm EDT
the united states and reportedly comes out in favor of president obama's re-election. that and a lot more coming up in our "strategy session." ♪ [ slap! slap! ] [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium rich tums goes to work in seconds. nothing works faster. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums home protector plus, from liberty mutual insurance, where the costs to both repair your home and replace your possessions are covered. and we don't just cut a check for the depreciated value -- we can actually replace your stuff with an exact or near match. plus, if your home is unfit to live in after an incident, we pay for you to stay somewhere else while it's being repaired. home protector plus, from liberty mutual insurance. because you never know what lies around the corner. to get a free quote, call... visit a local office, or go to libertymutual.com today. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? >>> republicans are blasting president obama as a big spender, but does he really have the lowest, the lowest spending record of an
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May 8, 2012 1:00am EDT
united states. they have a lot of the necessary components and know how at their disposal in an environment they can work on these devices. >> what are the questions u.s. intelligence want to understand about the device, about the people behind it. >> i think the main thing is, who made it? he favors the use of petn. how is it going to be detonated, as bob mentioned, if you're using plastic syringes to detonate it on an aircraft, it's not going to be detected before you get it on the aircraft. is it similar to the plot using 80 grams of petn that was being shipped in the united states and chicago. in that case, that particular printer had gone through all types of screening, machines and other devices. the saudi arabian intelligence service provided detailed information to look at that particular package, the british authorities used dogs and the dogs sniffed that package and couldn't detect 80 grams of petn a mere few irnls from their noses. materials like that are very easily concealed, very hard to detect and depending on how they're packaged and how they're going to be carri
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May 20, 2012 1:00pm EDT
traveled to the united states for the g-8 meeting at camp david and the nato meeting in chicago, and he joins me now in washington. >> welcome. >> pleasure to be here. >> let me ask you, prime minister, first we'll talk about italy, but first i got to talk to you about greece. there is, in a sense, a bank run taking place. greece is going to be unable to finance itself unless there is some kind of massive help from europe. can greece stay in the euro? >> i think greeks want to stay in the euro. not all greeks are ready to do whatever is necessary to stay in the euro. but i think as we approach the 17th of june election date, the feeling in greece that it's crucial for their country, i believe also for europe, but certainly for their country. it's crucial to stay in the euro with focused minds and political programs on putting together a collective willingness to do so. certainly, europe cannot, of course, abandon or even substantially undermine and reduce the commitments it asked of greece in order to help it. i think an equalibrium will be found. but whatever is achieved on greece i
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May 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
interview, bin ladin declared war on the united states. peter's obtained access to the compound before it was demolished. these are national security analysts. he's out with a fascinating book "manhunt." it takes you into the ten-year search for osama bin ladin. the wish list of attacks, what are their capabilities? how capable are they of pulling off small and big attacks? >> i think their capabilities are pretty limited, anderson. i was given access to bin ladin's own writings ijthingwri. the picture that emerges from these documents, bin ladin's calling for big attacks, kill president obama, general petraeus. and his guys are pushing back saying, we're under pressure from the drones, the united states is not that easy. >> they're citing the drones in particular? >> well, it's interesting, bin ladin writes a 48-page document about how he is worried about the drones, how many of his people have been killed, he's urging his people to move to a remote part of afghanistan. his 20-year-old son, living in pakistan's tribal regions, he's urging him to move to gutar, it's the richest country in
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May 6, 2012 5:00pm EDT
air strike in yemen. he had been indicted in the united states on 50 terrorism counts. the fbi had offered a $5 million reward for his capture. >>> a deadly day for troops in afghanistan. a gunman dressed in an afghan army uniform shot and killed a nato service member before being killed by coalition forces. and in another province, a roadside bomb exploded killing one american and wounding two others. the explosion hit a vehicle carrying sufficient troops near an outpost close to the pakistan border. >>> the lawyer for 9/11 mastermind khalid shaikh mohammed says the military justice system is rigged, so he can't do his job. mohammed and four defendants were arraigned saturday in guantanamo bay, cuba. the hearing dragged out for 13 hours as the five accused conspirators did everything in their power to defy the court. despite the protests, the military's chief prosecutor says the trial will be fair and just. >> for those who lost family or friends on september 11th, or who were injured in the attacks, no words are adequate for this moment. but know that however long the journey, an
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May 8, 2012 9:00am EDT
latest plot also targeted an international flight coming into the united states. that was foiled two weeks ago. the investigation is still unfolding. a short time ago we heard from white house chief adviser or counterterrorism. the big question how worried should we be that this bomb and others like it would not be detected by current safeguards. >> this i.ed was a threat from the standpoint of the design we've been able to determine and so now we're trying to make sure that we take the measures that we need to to prevent any other type of ied from getting through security procedures. >> so will ramped up vigilance mean new security measures again for u.s. travelers? a former assistant director of the fbi is in washington. good morning, tom. >> good morning, carol. >> a lot of people are about to board airplanes, are they safe? >> i think they're no safer than they were before all of this happened. the second thing i would like to add is there's nothing new in any of this. richard reid got on airplane with explosives similar undetected. the underwear bomber undetected boarding an air
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May 2, 2012 3:00pm EDT
. speaking to him, he says he kne feels he's been let down by the united states, that while in the embassy, he was cut off from the news and he was encouraged to leave. when he left, he went to the hospital, he met his wife, and his wife told him what had been happening to her ever since he fled. she told him that the guards who were locking them down in their village took her away, tieder h to a chair and interrogated her, said they were waiting for them with weapons back in their house. chen told me very clearly that if he stays in china, he fears for his life. initially he wanted to stay in the country. he says he can no longer live it there as a free man. he wants to leave and he wants to leave as soon as possible. he's made this appeal directly to president barack obama himself saying he must do more about human rights in china. he wants to leave china. if he stays here, he says he will not live. as far as his wife is concerned, she says will eays this is not she wants to bring her children up in and she feels they no longer have a future here. a very different story to the on
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May 29, 2012 2:00am EDT
deliver on. never does he say i'm sorry. i'm sorry for what the united states has done. what he has said is that there's going to be a new policy. there's going to be a new approach. that he wants to have a new diplomatic relationship. he uses the words of diplomacy. >> do you think these stereotypes are rooted in a hangover from the late '60s when the anti-war against vietnam came to be seen as anti-american when the president was 8 years old? >> it's a very easy thing to sort of fall into. i think where mitt romney is coming from, he's haurking back to the days when the united states wouldn't apologize for anything. as obama has put it, the days when fdr and churchill could sit over a glass of brandy and divide up the world. we're long past those days. >> let's do a lightning round because we're outfront on this show. dust off your crystal balls and take a look at what dangers lie ahead for the campaigns. >> on the romney campaign, he's got to develop some stances on foreign policy, in response to errol, because this election may not be about economics. everybody thinks it's going
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May 1, 2012 9:00am EDT
turnout in 135 cities across the united states, what will that say about the movement itself? >> reporter: i think frankly my opinion it hurts them. i think they need this to be a day when they are visual all over the media. a day when they get their message out because we haven't seen them group together since that november 17th eviction of the park. the goal is not only to park a conversation, they've already done that but to change laws. to do that we have to be in the public eye and they have to emass more support and they have to emass more money and it's hard to do that if you don't have a big showing. that said, i don't think this is representative of what we're going to see today from what i've been told throughout the week from organizers. it's really going to pick up this afternoon. it's supposed to stop raining about noon. we'll see. this they need money and support and to do that they need masses. >> poppy harlow live in new york city this morning. story looks different around the world in the cuban capital of havana the streets are teaming with thousands of peopl
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May 4, 2012 9:00am EDT
means mr. chen will soon be on his way to the united states with his family, but then again, you never know with china. stan grant is live in beijing. stan, tell us what happens now. >> reporter: yeah, we've seen a lot of movement, haven't we, carol, on this, twists and turns every single hour it has seemed over the past week. the latest is that the chinese government have opened the door now for chen guangcheng to get a passport for himself and his family. the u.s. has said they would expedite any visa process so that he could travel to the united states and study there, perhaps even indefinitely on a student visa. there's also the possibility of work there, as you just mentioned, once he gets to the united states. now, there is still a very tense situation here diplomatically. we heard from hillary clinton just about an hour ago. she was saying that they are determined to do all they can to try to allow chen to have the sort of life that he's expressed that he'd like to have. they said at every stage the u.s. is working to meet chen's interest. and also to reflect u.s. values. china,
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May 18, 2012 4:00pm EDT
as president of the united states. hasn't passed a budget in three years. i'm interested in what it is the president has actually done other than give speeches that makes them believe he deserves another four years. my point is he's a person in love with the sound of his own voice. he loves giving speeches but he doesn't love following through on his promises. >> the economy is not great by any means but there have been millions of jobs that have been created when he took office about 700,000 or 800,000 jobs month were being created and there's been a steady job increase over these months. it's nowhere near where it should be but it is still a lot better than three or four years ago. >> but it's not better. there's over 560,000 people still not employed today that were employed four years ago. if we had the same rate of people that were actually looking for work in the marketplace, we'd be at over 10.5% unemployment. he said he's going to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term? if there was ever a voek fjoke promise that wasn't even attempted to be followed through on,
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